Our Staff


DESK is home to our wonderful, supportive teachers. All are passionate about their work and dedicated to providing the best educational experience for every learner.

Janet Stephenson

Phone: 250-505-7021
Email: desk.jstephenson@sd8.bc.ca
Role: Teacher
Position: Janet works with families with children in Grade 8 and 9.  She also teaches Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10 and 11, Accounting 11,  and Social Justice 12,  and First Nations Studies 12

Leslie Swanson

Phone: 250-505-7022
Email: desk.lswanson@sd8.bc.ca
Role: Teacher
Position: Leslie works with families with children in Grades K- 7.


Jackie Arabia

Role:  Teacher
Email: desk.jarabia@sd8.bc.ca
Position: Jackie  teaches Chemistry 11, Chemistry 12,  Science 10, , Foundations of Math and Precalculus 10, Foundations of Math 11, Foundations of Math 12

Adrian Rollins

Phone: 250-505-7018
Email: desk.arollins@sd8.bc.ca
Role: Teacher
Position: Adrian teaches English 10 – 12 and  Planning 10 and PE 10.




 Rob Simpson

Phone: 250-354-4311
Email:   rsimpson@sd8.bc.ca
Role: Principal
Position: Principal of DESK

*Please note: We welcome Mr. Rob Simpson as the incoming Principal of DESK/DL SD8 Kootenay Lake as of August 1, 2018. Please contact rsimpson@sd8.bc.ca if you have any questions.


Deb Van Zanden

Phone: 250-505-7002
Email: clerical.desk@sd8.bc.ca
Role: Secretary
Position: Deb works with course registrations, completions, and withdrawals; transcripts, budgets, resources, and answering the many questions students and parents have!